When a person is choking, that means his or her airway is partly or fully blocked resulting in not being able to breathe. This is the same for kids beyond 1 year old and adults but is different for babies.
Now, what do you do when someone chokes in front of you? Most people would be scared, sometimes not being able to move. Others would ask for help. However, if you are knowledgeable, you may be able to save a life. Consider this a little bit of first aid training.
There are two levels of choking: mild and severe.
- Mild choking happens when the airway is partly blocked. The person is able to cry, speak, or breathe a little bit. We recommend letting them cough to clear the blockage. They may also try to spit whatever is in their mouth.
- Severe choking happens when the airway is fully blocked. The person is unable to cry, speak, or breathe and may eventually collapse. We recommend doing back blows and abdominal thrusts.
If the person is still choking, immediately ask for help and call an ambulance. But do not stop the back blows and abdominal thrusts until the ambulance arrives.
This is just a little part of what you can learn from us. We teach you a lot of life-saving techniques including AED training in Southern, Illinois.